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What is cupping therapy?

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Have you ever been down at the beach and seen people with strange circular bruises on their backs and wondered if there was a giant octopus on the loose? Or maybe you spotted the Olympic swimmers covered in those circular purple marks and wondered what they were.

The answer is cupping, and it has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to treat a wide variety of disorders from back pain to the cold and flu.

Recently cupping has been become more popular and works by a flame being briefly placed inside the cup to create a vacuum that when placed on the skin creates a gentle suction. The sensation for the patient is a gentle pulling or tightness that instantly begins to relieve tension in the area. Read More